Manufactured in Hauts-de-France, and certified ‘Made in France’, the new trains are set to modernise and improve services on France’s busiest lines.
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The new order is part of an agreement signed in 2010 for Bombardier to provide a maximum of 860 OMNEO Regio 2N trains to SNCF.
For the first time in France, a locomotive has run in partial autonomy, under real operating conditions, with fully automated acceleration and braking functions.
With the new mobile app, SNCF Réseau’s maintenance teams are alerted and activated in real-time to incidents on the network, with the use of geolocation.
The proposal, made by the French Prime Minister, will see track access charges waived until the end of 2020, which will support rail freight in a post-COVID-19 world.
Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Advisor for Safety at the International Union of Railways (UIC), writes that, to better address risks at level crossings, soft or harder measures must be taken not only by the railways, but also by the road sector and relevant authorities.
Representing the second order from SNCF for the Normandy region, Bombardier will supply 11 additional OMNEO Premium double-deck EMU trains.
The Coradia Polyvalent trains, used by SNCF Voyageurs throughout the French regions, provide passengers with an ecological and economical mode of transport.
Thalys passengers can now choose between around 50 local taxi fleets to complete their rail journeys via the Thalys app or website.
The new commitments include plastic-free service, planting a tree for every Eurostar train service, and gaining a third star from the SRA for food service.
The almost €100 million funds will be used to finance eligible projects including maintenance, improvement and energy optimisation of railways, plus new route and line extension investments.
In addition to the Polyvalent's standard specification, the region has requested that the trains benefit from specific equipment such as automatic passenger counting, spaces for bicycles and frontal display of destinations.
The Board of Directors of Renfe have approved the entry of the company into the high-speed market of France with rolling stock from Alstom.
The dual-mode Coradia Polyvalent trains will have four cars each, with a capacity of 214 seats, which will be equipped with reading lights and sockets.